President Obama and his family have a new dog, a Portuguese Water Dog named Sunny! The pup joins Barack, Michelle, Sasha, Malia, and their 5-year-old dog, Bo. And in Sunny's honor, we're looking back at other modern presidential pets, including Socks Clinton and Barney Bush! On Allie: Burberry Brit.
First, Meghan McCain said it — and later mom Cindy — and now one of the Bush twins has. Barbara Bush released a video urging New Yorkers (she lives in Manhattan) to get behind gay marriage, saying, "I am Barbara Bush, and I am a New Yorker for marriage equality."
It's easy to smirk at this — it's music to my ears, like Cher or Madonna — but you have to admire her. It's hard enough to disagree with your parents' politics; when your dad is George W. Bush, doing it publicly takes some serious chutzpah.
By George! Get your popcorn (or pretzels?), a cocktail, and set the DVR, because tonight's Matt Lauer interview with George Bush should rival last Monday's World Series. NBC's been leaking juicy tidbits: last week we heard he asked an older woman what sex is like after 50 in front of his parents, and today we're getting a little (or a lotta) insight into Barbara Bush's patented sex talk.
The elder Barbara showed little George a jar with the fetus of her miscarried baby in it (she, to be fair, saved the fetus to bring to the hospital). He credits this with not only cementing his pro-life stance but also fostering a relationship with his mother. That would be enough to foster my post-traumatic stress disorder and, most certainly, a generalized fear of pregnancy.
"This year's Snowflake Ball was the first year we've been able to celebrate the daily death rate of children dropping below 25,000."
— Barbara Bush told Vanity Fair Daily what she was thankful for this year at UNICEF's annual Snowflake Ball. We know she meant well, but "celebrate" and children's death rate don't really belong in the same sentence. Unless, of course, you're at the Snowflake Ball!
Yesterday news broke that First Lady Laura Bush has signed on to pen a memoir with Scribner, the house of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Laura's mother-in-law, Barbara Bush. The book is currently untitled, but scheduled for release in 2010, and it's unclear what type of secrets she will reveal. Memoirs are somewhat of a right of passage for former first ladies — Hillary Clinton, Barbara Bush and Nancy Davis Reagan have each written one. Is there one you find particularly alluring? Source
I've always had a soft spot for first-twins Jenna and Barbara Bush. It's got to be hard growing up under so much scrutiny, but they seem warmhearted and never resentful of the American people. People magazine interviewed Jenna and Barbara about the past eight years, and about what's next for their family. Here are some highlights.
Jenna on how her dad has changed: Eight years ago, my dad was a very popular Texas governor. And I think in Texas, he was able to get a lot done because he was friends with Democrats and Republicans — Democrats supported him. So he was — we were very optimistic. I think maybe I was a little naive about how people would treat him. But he's never wavered in his decisions and he's the same as he was when we were little, his ethics. So that's something to be proud of in itself. . . . He looks a little bit older, obviously. He's been under a lot of stress, so we're ready for him to go back to Texas and be warmly received, I'm sure.
Barbara on advice for the Obama girls: We gave them a tour. We were here when we were seven, which is Sasha's age, when our grandfather was president, and so we know how fun it was to be that age in this house. And so we showed them our little secret, fun places.
Jenna on the Obama girls: [T]hey're a lot younger than we are, cuter than we are — all younger and cuter. We're old news.
Brooke Burke took home the trophy last night on Dancing With the Stars, beating out Lance Bass and Warren Sapp with her Viennese waltz. — AP
Former First Lady Barbara Bush had to be taken to the hospital last night in Houston due to chest pain. She is expected to return home today following her test results, which proved negative. — CitizenSugar
Carson Daly and his girlfriend are expecting their first child together, and the baby is expected to be born in early Spring. — People
Former first lady Barbara Bush, wife of former President George H. W. Bush, was hospitalized last night in Houston. She went in complaining of chest pain and is there to undergo a series of tests.
According to a spokesperson for the family the results were negative she she is expected to be released later today. She is 83 years old and current first lady Laura Bush says she spoke to them last night and everyone seemed to be doing well. We wish a speedy recovery to Mrs. Bush and hope that she is home with her family in time to enjoy Thanksgiving.